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Progress Report 2016

A NOTE TO OUR SUPPORTERS Dear DreamWakers Supporter: As our DreamWakers team reflects on the past year, we feel very fortunate to have you as part of our community. Since founding DreamWakers in Charlottesville, VA two years ago, we have watched our dream of connecting classrooms to careers become a reality in more than 30 states throughout the country. This would not have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of amazing teachers, students, speakers, volunteers, and supporters like you. This and every year, we strive to be good stewards of your time and financial support. We hope you see the direct impact of your generosity in the accomplishments highlighted in our first official progress report. This report describes our top 16 achievements of 2016, highlights first-hand testimonials from DreamWakers' teachers, speakers, and students, and lays out several exciting initiatives we have planned for 2017. We are proud of all that our team and our community is accomplishing together, and are grateful for your continued support as we build, plan, and grow. We couldn’t do it without you! With gratitude,

Monica Gray Logothetis Co-Founder & CEO

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DREAMWAKERS MISSION Connecting Classrooms to Careers

Students We Serve & Why

As seen in the The New York Times, Washington Post, and People, DreamWakers is a national nonprofit that uses free video chat services to bring diverse and dynamic leaders into under-resourced public school classrooms. Working with 4th-12th grade teachers in schools where at least 50% of the student body is on free and reduced lunch, DreamWakers connects classrooms to vetted professionals who work at places such as: Amazon, Apple, JetBlue, Makerbot 3D Printing, the U.S. Department of State, and the White House.

We focus on serving students from low-income families because research shows that their opportunities to interact with professional role models are far fewer as compared to their wealthier peers. Did you know that by the age of six, low-income students spend 1,300 fewer hours outside of their home relative to their affluent peers? In addition to having fewer opportunities to experience museums, parks, and other cultural touchstones, these students also have fewer opportunities to interact with role models they can identify with in the professional world. By the time they finish high school, only 9% of those students go on to graduate from college compared to 77% of their affluent peers.

Linking Lessons to the Real World DreamWakers' virtual sessions last 45 minutes, and are called "flashchats." Each flashchat is designed to shed light on the real-world applicability of course lessons, while inspiring students to plan for future life and career opportunities. Every flashchat adds classroom value:

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Ties class to real-world issues Increases subject matter interest Encourages students to build their own personal vision Builds strong critical and comprehensive thinking skills Exposes students to new cultures and professional role models beyond and within their immediate surroundings Enhances public speaking skills and confidence

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of classrooms had never hosted a speaker from outside their city

of classrooms were still talking about their flashchat days after they hosted a speaker



of students had not previously met someone in the profession of their speaker

of students had not previously spoken to a real-world professional over video chat

Whether these students are in grade school, high school, or college, the chances are stacked against them when it comes to meaningful, inspiring interaction with professionals in the working world. A staggering 2/3 of U.S. employers report having little to no interaction with classrooms. Even more striking is the fact that 65% of today’s students will be employed in jobs that don’t yet exist. So the question we are trying to answer is this: if young, economically disadvantaged students aren’t exposed to a wide range of diverse and exciting career possibilities, how can they prepare? Better yet, if they aren’t exposed to exceptional leaders shaping the industries of today, how can they be inspired to create the careers of tomorrow?

TOP 16 ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2016 #16: Reached new audiences

#15: Linked public service to the workplace

#14: Announced Teacher, Speaker + Volunteer of the Year Award at 1st-ever Fall Fundraiser

#13: Kicked off virtual field trips with tours of White House Press Room + Facebook

#12: Recruited + retained dozens of dynamic professional role models

#10: Expanded the DreamTeam

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#11: Visited The White House + U.S. Capitol with Newark class thanks to invite from Dreamwakers speaker

#9: Created Corporate Partnership Program

TOP 16 ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2016 #8: Launched DreamWakers Advisory Council

#7: Awarded L’oreal Paris Women of Worth grant

#6: Exposed students to a new world of professional opportunities

#5: Partnered with The White House Historical Association for Election Series

#4: Named Toyota Mothers of Invention at Women in the World Summit

#3: Served communities across 30 states

#2: Hosted 50% more flashchats than in 2015


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#1: Ignited future vision, possibility, and dreams in our next generation

93% of teachers reported their DreamWakers flashchat served as a SPRINGBOARD for further converstaion & exploration


#WhyIDreamWake: To Narrow the Career Exposure Gap Between Low-Income Students and their Higher-Income Peers



By age 6, low-income students spend fewer hours outside of home and school than their affluent peers. This gap only grows as they age.1


9% from the poorest families vs. 77% from the wealthiest families graduate from college.2

#WhyIDreamWake: To Close the College Graduation Gap Between Students from Low- and High-Income Communities

#WhyIDreamWake: To Inspire Students from Classroom to Career Nearly two-thirds of American companies have positions for which they cannot find qualified applicants. By 2020, there will be shortage of about 40 million highly-skilled workers worldwide. 3



Tavernise, Sabrina. “Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say.” The New York Times, February 9, 2012. http://www.ny- 2

Korn, Melissa. “Big Gap in College Graduation Rates for Rich and Poor, Study Finds.” The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2015.

cles/big-gap-in-college-graduation-rates-for-rich-and-poor-study-finds-1422997677 3

“How US Companies Can Fill the Skills Gap.” Richard Dobbs, James Manyika and Jonathan Woetzel. McKinsey Global Institute. May 12, 2015

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#WhyIDreamWake: To Increase Interaction Between Employers and Schools

2/3 of U.S. employers report having little to no interaction with classrooms.4


70% of educators feel that their students are prepared to enter today’s workforce

To Enhance Workforce Readiness Only 1/2 of employers agree.4

#WhyIDreamWake: To Improve Students’ Grasp of Educational Requirements Less than 1/2 of U.S. students feel that they have a good grasp of the educational requirements needed for some of the most well-known professions.4


Mourshed, Mona; Farrell, Diana; Bartonk, Dominic. Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works. McKinsey Center for Government. January 2013.

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DREAMWAKERS FINANCES DreamWakers Spending 7%


Program Fundraising*



*Excludes "in-kind" donations of goods and services.

Donations to DreamWakers 1.1% Individuals



Companies Foundations

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DREAMWAKERS TESTIMONIALS TEACHER "Thank you for one of the most remarkable experiences of my teaching career. I still have tears in my eyes. Parents have already begun contacting me, telling me they can't wait for their children to get home so they can hear all about their chat. I can't thank you enough for all the time you gave my students. We hope to have another DreamWakers experience in the near future. The students are already telling me about topics they want to explore." - Middle School Teacher

SPEAKER "Speaking with the kids was a lot of fun and I found it beneficial in unexpected ways for me as well. Distilling your profession to its essence and explaining it in simple language is a wonderful way to strengthen your own understanding of your work." - Structural Engineer

STUDENT “I learned that it’s okay to keep asking why, even when people think you’re weird. Especially for someone like me, who is passionate about whales and animals--something people really don’t take seriously. That was really big for me.” -High School Student

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CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM DreamWakers’ Corporate Partnership Program works with outstanding private sector leaders to bring their passion and purpose into classrooms across the country. This program has four partnership levels: DreamTeam, DreamChampion, DreamAchiever and DreamPlayer. The associated corporate donation of each level ranges from $1,000 to $25,000, and helps cover the extensive preparation that goes into each flashchat experience, as well as its day-of execution. By joining forces with DreamWakers, corporate partners will: Inspire our next generation of young talent to explore pursuing careers in their industry. Expose a wider array of students to professional role models with whom they would not otherwise interact. Recruit new talent by shining a light on their core mission and culture of rich public service. Give back in more classrooms and communities nationwide, more efficiently, all without even leaving the office. To learn more about joining our Corporate Partnership Program, please contact:

WHITE HOUSE FIELD TRIP Newark, NJ teacher Fade Ojeikere reached out to DreamWakers saying: “My students love to learn and they love opportunities, but at the same time I feel like they are missing some inspiration that I am not able to currently give.” So, DreamWakers connected them with a flashchat with David Simas, then White House Political Director to President Obama, now CEO of the Obama Foundation. A son of Portuguese-immigrant factory workers, Simas described his experience speaking to those students as “one of the best things” he did during his time at the White House. He even extended an invite for the entire class to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! Last May, thanks to Simas, the students boarded a bus from New Jersey and road-tripped to our nation’s capital to visit the White House and the U.S. Capitol. It was truly a dream field trip!

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LOOKING FORWARD Looking ahead to 2017 and beyond, DreamWakers is eager to extend our impact by focusing on five core areas:


Extending Our Reach by Building Our Video Library:


DreamWakers launched its YouTube video channel on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017. With a new clip released on our "DreamWakers Flashchats" channel every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, these videos serve as a valuable resource for teachers looking to connect class lessons to real-world experts on their own time.



In Fall 2017, DreamWakers will kick off #Dream2Jobs, an initiative with high-need schools throughout America’s Rust Belt region, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The goal of #Dreams2Jobs is to shine a light on career options available to students both within and beyond their hometowns by connecting these often underserved communities to relatable speakers.

Deepening Our Student Impact with Professionally Developed Lesson Plans: DreamWakers’ teachers now have access to proprietary lesson plans that help to enhance their students’ flashchat experiences. These lesson plans enable students to expand their learning beyond the 45-minute flashchat period, and integrate practical and educational advice into their everyday classroom learning. Enhancing Our Service to Educators through Teacher Fellowship Program: Ten teachers are selected from across the country to serve as DreamWakers DreamTeacher Fellows. These teachers receive exclusive access to weekly teaching resources, the opportunity to host ten flashchats in one semester with top DreamWakers' speakers, and their students receive exclusive "Dream Journals" in which to reflect on their DreamWakers' discussions.

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Expanding Our Services to Target Rust Belt States:


Strengthening Our Financial Durability by Growing Our Corporate Partnership Program: DreamWakers looks forward to growing our Corporate Partnership Program. Thanks to the support of companies like L'Oréal, Toyota, and JetBlue, DreamWakers is able to access more communities, serve more students, and provide teachers and students with the tools they need to engage directly with the modern workforce.

- 9th Grade Student, Bronx, NY


Monica Gray Logothetis

Annie Medaglia

Parul Nanavati

Rugiatu “Rugie” Jalloh

Co-Founder & CEO


Operations & Marketing Associate

Education Outreach & Operations Associate

Mary Baron

Amanda Coombs

Sharon Waskow

Joel Olivo

Operations Specialist

Marketing Intern

Education Advisor

Video Editor

DreamWakers Advisory Council

Felix Addison

COO / VP WhoseYourLandlord

Abbie Klinghoffer

Director of Development Charter School Growth Fund

Yichen Feng

TMT Investment Banker Goldman Sachs

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Lillibeth Gangas

Chief Tech Community Officer Kapor Center for Social Impact

Angela Johnson Litigation Counsel Uber

Jillian Hume

Program Manager Google for Education

Smita Saniani

Innovation Policy Advisor Google X

Gaurav Ahuja

Growth Equity Advisor TA Associates

Chris Brown

Growth Associate Stripe

Juliette Dallas-Feeney Sr. Social Media Manager Theory

Alison Agüero Dooley

Product Operations Manager Google

Mallory Moats KYC Head Citi


Dreamwakers’ 2016 Progress Report  
Dreamwakers’ 2016 Progress Report